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c.1961 Marvel 6 YR-15A

Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
3 9/16 x 2 1/4 x 1 1/16 inches / 90 x 57 x 27 mm
Six transistors, superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Distributed by Manhattan Novelty Co., NY

One of the smallest and sweetest of the Japanese round-grille pocket radios, this 6 YR-15A model was branded under many different names — "Marvel" was the most common name, and other names included Baylor, Corona, Honeytone, Mellow-Tone, Trans-ette, and Wales — all as 6 YR-15A's.

This is one of those radios that's really hard to find without cracks or chips in the reverse-painted plastic — the two brass pieces that capture the bottom of the reverse-painted dial area tended to crack and chip the plastic beneath them, a design flaw that caused too much stress on the plastic underneath.

Marvel 6 YR-15A

Marvel 6 YR-15A

inside back cover

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